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do. we're monday morning quarterbacking here. when susan rice went on television, it was five days after the incident. here we are months after the incident. we have much more information, we know much more about what happened and what didn't happen. and as doug said, these situations are rolling -- rolling catastrophes where the information you get on monday could change from the information you get on tuesday. and i think what's happening here is that, you know, as we said in the editorial as doug mentioned, while senators graham, ayotte and mccain are focused on what susan rice, ambassador rice said on the sunday talk shows, they are not asking any questions at all about the real questions about security there at the consulate in benghazi. that's where their interest and focus and ire should be pointed. not at a u.n. ambassador who went on the sunday talk shows as a spokesperson for the administration giving, imparting the information she was given by the intelligence community. >> and susan, for those just joining us. this happened moments ago in the last hour. i want to remind
, thank you so much for your time. >> coming up, ambassador susan rice returns to the hill to meet with the new set of republican lawmakers. but are these meetings congressional inquiry or job interview? we will take a look just ahead. my doctor told me calcium is efficiently absorbed in small continuous amounts. citracal slow release continuously releases calcium plus d with efficient absorption in one daily dose. citracal slow release. >>> after a trio of skeptical republican senators voiced their troubles with u.n. ambassador susan rice's answers yesterday another top gop lawmaker senator susan collins went there today. >> what troubles me so much is the benghazi attack in many ways echos the attacks on those embassies in 1998 when susan rice was head of the african region for our state department. >> we discuss the latest chapter in the republican crusades when luke russert joins us next on "now." [ male announcer ] considering all your mouth goes through, do you really think brushing is enough to keep it clean? while brushing misses germs in 75% of your mouth, listerine® clea
the politicization of a public statement that was put out by the entire intelligence committee, which susan rice on the 16th, who was asked to go before the people and use that statement, did. i have read every one of the five interviews she did that day. she was within the context of that statement. and for this, she has been pillaried for two months. i don't understand it. it has to stop. if it continues, it's going to set up once again a partisan divide in these -- the house and the senate, which congressman rogers and i have tried to overcome and have overcome with some success with respect to the intelligence committees. >> congressman rogers, to my understanding, talking to government officials, is that what susan rice said on "meet the press" five days after the attack and other programs as well, was very similar to what then director petraeus said privately on september 14, that there appeared to be a terrorist element to it but that it appeared first to be spontaneous but it became a terrorist attack, and that that was his belief. so were they not speaking basically in the same way? >>
. >>> tear gas in cairo near the u.s. embassy as the fight for democracy goes on. >> face to face. susan rice and john mccain, the man who wanted watergate style hearings, meet. and only cnn catches up with mccain before the big meeting. >> what do you have to learn today from miss rice? >> whatever ambassador rice wants to tell me. she's the one who asked for the meeting. i didn't. >> wouldn't you like to be a fly on the wall? >>> spyfall, real-life bond movie. yasser arafat's body was exhumed. was the palestinian leader po h poisoned by israeli spies? >>> plus this. >> you said walden is in trouble. >> i'm the trouble walden has been in, repeatedly. >> he calls it filth, the half in "two and a half men" begs you not to watch his show. "newsroom" starts now. >>> good morning to you. thank you so much for being with us. i'm carol costello. we begin with a high stakes meeting just minutes from now. this hour, the u.s. ambassador to the united nations will muster all of her diplomatic skills and tiptoe through a political mine field. susan rice meets with republican senator john mccain. as you
. >> susan rice goes to capitol hill and she says, hey, you know what, bad intel, i made a mistake, i'm sorry. i am glad that the people that are in economy party on capitol hill have hearts as big as a montana sky because i'm sure they said, hey, it's cool. we all make mistakes. all of us on capitol hill, we all make mistakes from time to time and it's cool. so how did this work out after she said she was sorry? >> there's still another chance. ambassador susan rice is heading back to capitol hill today. >> i want to know what happened. >> well, i will tell you. she continued to defend her response on september 11th attack on the u.s. consulate in benghazi as a top pick to replace secretary of state hillary clinton. rice faces sort of an uphill battle because she failed to win over her harshest republican critics yesterday. >> i don't think it's an uphill battle. >> unless you want to be secretary of state for greenvil greenville, south carolina or mesa -- >> she requested this meeting was with specifically senators lindsey graham, kelly ayotte and -- >> they were upset. john mccain over the
from the left that racism is fueling criticism of ambassador susan rice. we sounded that alarm about the rise of the muslim brotherhood in egypt. now our predictions are becoming a dangerous reality. all of that, plus video of jamie foxx's bizarre tribute to his lord and savior. barack obama? "hannity" starts right here, right now. >> it's clear the democrats spell blood in the water. if a deal is not reached by january 1st, a series of defense budget cuts will mean massive tax hikes reaching every american. we've seen democrats from the president on down using the so-called crisis to ram their left wing agenda down your throat. they want bigger taxes, bigger government. for example, take a look. >> if despite the dangers of going over the fiscal cliff and what that means for our economy, that there's too much stubbornness in congress, that we can't even agree on giving middle-class families a tax cut, then middle-class families are all going to end up having a big tax hike. that's going to be a pretty rude shock for them, and i suspect will have a big impact on the holiday shopping
: you bet, thank you. rick: coming up, ambassador susan rice defending her earlier comments about the terror attack in benghazi that killed four americans. >> when discussing this -- the attacks against our facilities in benghazi, i relied solely and squarely on the information provided to me by the intelligence community. rick: is that explanation enough? we'll talk with the man who used to hold her job, former u.s. ambassador to the u.n., john bolton. heather: very interested to see what he has to say. >>> and there will be new life, probably, for a famous jersey shore roller coaster destroyed by hurricane sandy. we'll tell you what the town's mayor has in mind. rick: and with only weeks to go before taxes could go up, we'll ask our panel if lawmakers have what it takes to keep that from happening. >> this is an opportunity for the president to lead. this is his moment to engage the congress and work towards a solution that can pass both chambers. hey! did you know that honey nut cheerios has oats that can help lower cholesterol? and it tastes good? sure does! wow. it's the hone
the u.n. ambassador susan rice will replace secretary of state hillary clinton. >> if senator mccain and senator graham and others want to go after somebody, they will go after me. and i am happy to have that discussion with them. but for them to go after the u.n ambassador who had nothing to do with ben go swree -- benghazi and was simply making a presentation based on intelligence she had received and to be smir of -- besmirch her reputation is outrageous. >> senator john mccain was trying to reach out to the president and get answers. what did you think of that? >> i think it is unfortunate because first of all if she had nothing to do with benghazi or the u.n ambassador she shouldn't have been out on all of the sunday shows that some five days afterwards stating that it was a spontaneous demonstration that was triggered by a hateful video that turned out to be absolutely false. there was month demonstration. i don't know how you logically assume that she had nothing to do with benghazi since it was the white house that had her on all of the sunday shows second of all, i am no
of president obama's first term. on the short list u.n. ambassador susan rice as well as massachusetts senator john kerry. rice is making the rounds on capitol hill these days meeting with lawmakers who are critical of the comments that she made about the terror attack in benghazi that killed four americans. those meetings did not go very well or so it would seem from the comments from senators afterwards. senator kerry seems to be taking a different approach, staying out of the spotlight. asking supporters not to overtly lobby on his behalf. who is likely to get the job? angela mcglowan, fox news political analyst, marjorie clifton a arm toer consultant with the obama campaign and principal with clifton consulting. interesting thing, if there are to be, let's say president obama nominates susan rice and she is said to be his first choice. the guy who leads the hearings on the foreign affairs committee would be senator kerry. >> yeah, no, it is the irony of it all. kerry strategy staying under the radar probably is a good one. the only thing i think would be a barrier to susan rice's nominatio
how this happened. gregg: plus, ambassador susan rice under fire for calling benghazi a respond spontaneous , and now she is speaking out against her republican critics including senator john mccain. why she says their claims are unfounded. >> when discussing the attacks against our facilities in benghazi, i relied solely and squarely on the information provided to me by the intelligence community. i made clear that the information was preliminary and that our investigations would give us the definitive answers. ♪ [ male announcer ] it started long ago. the joy of giving something everything you've got. it takes passion. and it's not letting up anytime soon. at unitedhealthcare insurance company, we understand that commitment. and always have. so does aarp, an organization serving the needs of americans 50 and over for generations. so it's no surprise millions have chosen an aarp medicare supplement insurance plan, insured by unitedhealthcare insurance company. like all standardized medicare supplement plans, they help cover some of the expenses medicare doesn't pay. and save
yesterday defending u.n. ambassador susan rice for her response in the days following the terrorist attack in benghazi in what has now become one of the largest conflicts for his administration, at least on the terrorism front. the president's remarks yesterday raise new questions over the conflicting accounts from the white house about the deadly attack. here's why. on september 11th, four americans were killed -- you know that now -- in our consulate in benghazi, including our ambassador. it was a terrorist attack. on the 16th of september, five days later, ambassador rice went on five sunday shows, including fox news sunday, and suggested that the attack was linked to an internet video. >> best assessment we have today is that, in fact, this was not a preplanned, premeditated attack, that what happened initially was it was a spontaneous reaction to what had just transpired in cairo as a consequence of the video. megyn: when challenged yesterday on the story that ms. rice told several networks, the president said he, the white house, sent her out there with that explanation. >> as i've s
% but a different 47% all over again. the susan rice controversy which i don't really know if it is a real controversy or if it is just republicans trying to play politics over something. we'll be getting to that as well. the fiscal cliff right now somewhere in america a man named cliff is plotting on killing the coworker who keeps calling him fiscal. finally, secession because really folks why don't you just go overseas and be ignorant there for awhile. i have one rule on secession if you can't spell it, you're not allowed to do it. or am i wrong dan? if you can't spell it, should you be encouraged to do it? >> when you say you want to secede and become part of canada or move to another country where they accept gay marriage, then your adjust an idiot. >> john: they have so insulted the rest of the world for everything, there's no one who would take them. go ahead and secede and try to restart the confederacy again. let's put that on tv and make that a pay-per-view special and balance the budget that way. take your calls as
to resolve some of that. even susan rice and what may be her political future if she were to be nominated from the secretary of state position. having that focus on her is also another way of shining a light on benghazi and trying to get more answers. so that's part of what we see is happening. it's complicated, but there seems to be movement in getting key people here to talk about what went on, what was known, and why some things happened that resulted in those deaths. thomas? >> real quickly. yesterday lindsay graham and mccain teaming up to announce the desire for a select committee. >> a select committee would give broad jurisdiction where different committees would have the resources to sort of work together. you saw it in water gate. there are other doing work that said we don't need to establish another one. so it's not openly welcomed as an idea. but it's a way to try to shine a light on the issues. so that's yet to be seen. investigations are under way in different ways. we'll see if a select committee ever happens. >> i appreciate it. i want to say good morning to the political
hard answers and talk about appointments. susan rice is an excellent candidate to be secretary of state and i think that john mccain came out just today and said he was opposed to her nomination. i don't think that's a fair statement because susan rice was simply following the advice from general petraeus who john mccain says was a hero so there's a great deal of inconsistency in the republican messaging that needs to be answered. >> mccain's biggest obstacle is the fact she went on the sunday talkers and talked about the video that -- >> and she was following the talking points given to her by general petraeus of cia. how can you say that petraeus is a hero on the one hand but susan rice who is following general petraeus' talking points is not. >> the president has his first press conference coming up in just a couple of hours and as we have been highly aware, the fiscal cliff is certainly going to be a big conversation but can the president get the focus where it needs to be when it comes to the fiscal cliff especially when we have people like paul ryan giving interviews saying he's s
president obama defended u.n. ambassador susan rice who was criticized for her remarks immediately following this attack. she is reportedly in contention to succeed hillary clinton as our secretary of state, take a listen. >> if senator mccain and senator graham and others want to go after somebody, they should go after me. and i'm happy to have that discussion with them. but for them to go after the u.n. ambassador who had nothing to do with benghazi and was simply making a presentation based on intelligence that she had received, and to besmurch her reputation is outrageous. jenna: senator john cornyn of texas what's elected to be the senate's minority whip, a bit of a promotion if you will. thanks to have you back on the program. >> thank you, jenna, good to be with you. jenna: your reaction on what the president had to say yesterday in. >> i thought it was an overreaction to say the least. congress has a constitutional responsibility under our system of checks and balances to consider any nominations to an executive branch position, like secretary of state. the president knows that. i us
economy. >> the president also making clear that he has susan rice's back. that's his ambassador, the embattled u.s. ambassador to the united nations. initially she said that that september 11th attack on the u.s. consulate in benghazi began as a spontaneous protest against an anti-islam film. well, now two top-ranking republicans are vowing to block her nomination if, in fact, she is picked to be the next secretary of state. that had the president very anger. here's what he said. >> if senator mccain and senator graham and others want to go after somebody, they should go after me. >> white house correspondent dan lothian is in washington, d.c., this morning. let's start first, dan, before we get to the ambassador, the embattled ambassador, let's start with taxes. >> well, yes. you know, republicans pushing back on the president yesterday, because they don't want to see taxes raised, even on wealthy americans, because they believe that that will stifle economic growth and will hit those people who are the job creators. at the same time, there does appear to be this willingness to
of focus on susan rice, the ambassador who came on the show who said this was a spontaneous attack, not something terror related. she did testify about that the real issue we'll tackle this morning was had she contradicted the view of the administration, saying she did believe it was terrorism all along, and even at the outset, talking points given by the intelligence community to susan rice, that have the elimination of any reference to the terror attack. >> will this set up a confirmation fight where we talk about susan rice and her possible nomination to lead the state department. >> if the president nominates her to be secretary of state, one of the questions that will come up for mccain and graham. when secretary of state condoleezza rice was nominated to be secretary of state, she said publicly all kinds of things about iraq, that they had weapons of mass destruction, that turned out to be absolutely wrong, and they felt despite that she should be supported. it is hypocritical to say susan rice should not be supported because somehow she was behind a coverup? one of the thing
obama will nominate susan rice to the post to replace hillary clinton. rice is currently the ambassador to the united nations. some republicans are upset over her handling of the deadly libya attacks. the "meet the press" moderator david gregory points out a similar issue out of the bush administration. >> condoleezza rice, also nominated to be secretary of state. she had, of course, publicly said all kinds of things about iraq, based on intelligence that turned out to be absolutely wrong. and yet they felt that despite that, she should be supported. so is it hypocritical for them to say susan rice should not be supported because somehow she was hunted a coverup? >> one of the republicans opposing rice, senator lindsey graham will, be on today's program. also on today, chair of the senate intelligence committee, democrat dianne feinstein. see it all right here at 10:30. >>> today, thousands are expected to march through washington over the controversial keystone pipeline. protesters trying to tell the president to continue saying no to the pipeline which would carry oil between canada a
john mccain softening his attacks on susan rice after vowing to block the potential nomination as secretary of state. republicans claim ambassador rice deliberately misled the country in the aftermath of the september 11th attacks on the u.s. consulate in benghazi. but rice says it's not her fault. it's the intel community's fault. she just read their talking points. although john mccain threatened a senate filibuster earlier this month, he now is open to meeting directly with ambassador rice. >> is there anything that ambassador rice can do to change your mind about it? >> sure. she can give everyone the benefit of explaining their position and the actions that they took, and i'll be glad to have the opportunity to discuss these issues with her. >> she could conceivably get your vote for secretary of state? >> i think she deserves the ability and the opportunity to explain herself and her position. >> the white house says no decisions have been made as far as cabinet selections for the president's second term. softening. >> that was heartwarming. now, you actually wrote about
on the attack and to susan rice. she initially said the attack appeared to be protests over an anti-muslim film and later revealed it was a premeditated terrorist strike. >> show used the unclassified talking points that were signed off on by the entire intelligence community. >> the key is if they were unclassified talking points at a very early stage. >> reporter: intelligence committee chairman peter king wants to know who changed the initial talking points. >> the talking points were more susceptible about our prior involvement, yet, there are indications of extremists that indicate even though it was clearly evidence of the cia, there was a pattern involvement. >> reporter: petraeus testified he mentioned terrorist elements during a briefing to lawmakers a couple of days after the attack and that is something congressman king said he doesn't remember n. washington, molly hennyberg, fox news. >>> a dozen female lawmakers are defending u.n. ambassador susan rice. republican leadership is criticizing her remarks on the deadly libya attack saying she purposely misled the public. d.c. delegate
-election. he defended susan rice for her comments on the attack and blasted her critic. melanie alnwick is live with the latest. good morning. >> reporter: good morning. today, the house and senate intelligence committees hold their long-awaited hearings on the controversy surrounding the attack on the u.s. consulate in benghazi, libya. they are hoping to finally sort out what happened, why there wasn't enough security, who knew about the terrorist ties and whether they knew about that. president obama took on some of those controversies in a wide- ranging press conference yesterday. republicans have been furious about what they see as a changing time line from the white house. ambassador chris stevens and three other americans were coiled trying to defend the post in that ambush. they say u.s. ambassador susan rice gave inaccurate information during her appearances on five sunday talk shows the week after the attack blaming the tax on a video that insulted the prophet mohammed. critics say it was deliberately misleading and they vow to block her nomination should she be nominated as u.s. secre
u.n. ambassador susan rice, senator john mccain who vowed to block her potential nomination as secretary of state appears to be backing off that threat. >> she could conceivably get your vote for secretary of state? >> i think she deserves the ability and the opportunity to explain herself and her position, just as she said. >>> actor ben affleck has long been involved in efforts to help the victims of war-torn eastern congo. on sunday he talked about his call for the u.s. to take a more active role. >> i think our actions in foreign policy, and maybe i'm naive, represent our values and represent who we are. and if any american were to go to that country and stand and see what was happening there, they would insist that we do what we could. >>> more than ten years after she was kidnapped as a teenager, elizabeth smart is finally ready to tell her own story in a new book. and the author is chris stewart who was just elected to congress from utah. he tells "the salt lake tribune" he hopes to have the first draft written before he takes office in january. >>> and finally, guess
there, this is going to be a very troubled period for susan rice and her perspective nomination. lou: the idea is that any president as a matter of tradition has the right to his choice to fill whatever office is at issue. in this case, the secretary of state. this kind of dissension and contradiction and contest between the two parties over ambassador rice really creates a different dynamic. do you think? >> well, it creates a different dynamic, i think, on two levels. number one, the appointment of the secretary of state is an extremely important thing for the country, but in this instance, again, it can want be used as a side show that obscures a much more important thing that we have to get to the bottom of here which is why didn't commander in chief take action he should have taken to protects americans? as far as susan rice is concerned, she is actually in a position now saying give me a promotion, more responsibilities in government on the basis of how i performed up to this point and what her most notorious performance is to go out and carry this story to the american people
has $30 billion in damage. >>> u.n. ambassador susan rice is heading to capitol hill today to meet with some of her toughest republican critics and answer questions about the september 11th attack on the u.s. consulate in benghazi. rice will sit down with senators john mccain, lindsey graham, and kelly ayotte. >> that should be fun. >> that could be really awkward. they all accuse her of misleading the country in her initial account of the attack. in recent days, senator mccain has softened his criticism, and rice insists that she was relying on talking points from the intelligence community. last night senator graham rejected her defense but says he's open to today's meeting. >> she asked to meet with us, and i will listen to what she has to say about her role in benghazi, but i can tell you this. the more i know about benghazi, the more upset i am that the consulate was even open on september 11th. when you look at the history and the reporting coming out of libya about the dangers, it should never have been open or heavily reinforced. after the attack, i think the story we were
.s. ambassador to the united nations susan rice in the aftermath. former cia director david petraeus has been here on capitol hill time and time again. but today before the senate and house intelligence committee is shrouded in secrecy. he may have a blow by blow attack on what happened in benghazi, libya, that led to the death of four americans, including the u.s. ambassador. >> director petraeus went to the people, as i understood it, that were involved. so the opportunity to get his views, i think are very -- is very important. >> reporter: this comes after a day of hearings yesterday into the benghazi attack. most closed to the public, but one was open. and much of the focus is on u.s. ambassador to the u.n. susan rice, who back in september appeared on five sunday morning talk shows with the same talking points, the attacks she said appear to be the work of protestors, not terrorists as it now appears. the implication at the height of campaign season, the president did not want to be responsible for a terrorist attack. >> the arrogance and dishonesty
.n. ambassador susan rice is meeting with -- on capitol hill with three senators who have been critical of her initial explanation about the attacks in libya. jamie dupree has more from washington, d.c. via skype. >> reporter: there is a lot of talk that she will be nominated for the position of secretary of state. rice is here this morning meeting with senators john mcan, lindsey graham and others in the basement of the capitol. you can see a stakeout that's down there where vee with -- where we have microphones set up. we're hoping to hear from some senators later this morning about this meeting. rice has taken a lot of flack for her explanation on the talk shows about what happened on the attacks in libya on that u.s. facility in benghazi where four republicans were killed. a lot of republicans said she was basically relating a story that was not true about how this attack was fostered and caused by that anti-muslim video that's proven not to be so. but after briefings by intelligence officials. it seems like things are softening, after senators think maybe she was given that explanation by
of your insights on this. susan rice is heading to capitol hill today to meet with some of her toughest republican critics and answer questions about the september 11th attack on the u.s. consulate in benghazi. rice will sit down with senators john mccain, lindsey graham, and kelly ayott. in recent days, senator mccain has softened his criticism as rice insists that she was relying on talking points from the intelligence community. last night, senator graham rejecting her defense but says he's open to today's meeting. >> she asked to meet with us and now we'll listen to what she has to say about her role in benghazi. the more i know about benghazi, the more upset i am that the consulate was even open on september 11th. when you look at the history and the reporting coming out of libya about the dangers, it should never have been open or heavily reinforced. after the attack, i think the story we were told about a spontaneous event caused by video where a mob turned into a riot is less credible than ever. >> she reportedly called the meeting. seems like a smart move. what do you think? >>
. my latest column is about this susan rice nonsense. heading my column is: what did susan rice know? and when did she know it? check out the column at billpressshow.com. we are talking about president obama won this election overwhelmingly when everybody said he didn't have a chance getting re-elected. of course, first we start out with joe biden at costco yesterday, peter. >> he want to costco. we are tweeting at bpshow. one person says romney was at the whitehouse eating free lunch. era now says on costco as a business, costco ceo makes a little over half a million and their workers are paid better than wal-mart employees. they are a good company. they represent workers very well and our good friend sam youngman reuters said on the guy who tried to sell biden tires t in a dreamworld he would double back and i get to see the look on president obama's face when he opens his simcoe. >> sam youngman, get your ass in here. >> we are working on it. >> bill: quickly before we go to the phones costco was originally the price club. >> absolutely. >> fo
't there an interagency decision to not use al qaeda in the unclassified talking points that susan rice was using on the morning shows. but amy, do you believe at all that the election results are playing a part in this washington drama? >> i don't think so. i think benghazi is such a serious scandal and debacle in terms of american foreign policy that everyone wants to get to the answer, including senator dianne feinstein, the democrat from california. as far as those talking points go, it is not at all clear where they were edited. what we do know apparently is that the original determination that al qaeda was involved, or al qaeda affiliated groups was sent out the front door to the cia and went through some sort of editing process, perhaps interagency, perhaps at the white house that still hasn't been answered. what we do know is if the white house wanted to provide the answers, they could have done it before the election and chose not to. let's not forget, of course, general petraeus and his whole personal scandal, debacle, that could also be professional. we still don't know the answers to
buddy of mine. susan rice, top candidate to succeed hillary clinton, is there a defamation suit against her in the deaf matory statement that identifies -- defa mashtory statement to identify filmmaker of the cup prit, publication of the statement and damages. went to jail. could he sue? i don't know, i'm not a lawyer. >> andrea: i think he should sue. i don't think the obama administration will let him out. the problem is he did violate his parol. other parol officers are going i'll make a video. let me out of jail, too. but look, i don't think the policy of the administration is one of doing the right thing. i will point out that one, the documents won't be available. administration documents. oh, wait, it's when they are back in their district. i point out that the muslim brotherhood came out and made chastising statement. they embrace and welcome the muslim brotherhood. now they school us. policy is working, bob, to appease the radical arab world. >> eric: let's go, a big segment coming up. >> bob: all right. >> important one. >> greg: voters in two states chose to make it legal for
from u.s. ambassador to the united nations, susan rice who said publicly on five sunday talk shows that the attack was spontaneous and sparked by an anti-muslim film. the director of the national intelligence office says substantial changes were made before those talking points were sent. but the question still remains who made the changes an why and did anyone in the white house know the full unedited version of events which included that link to al-qaeda? tonight, the state department has no comment, neither does the cia. georgia senator johnny isaacsohn is on the foreign relations committee. he says the administration is accountable, he's demanding answers and he's "outfront" tonight. thanks very much for taking the time. as we can report, this is late r reporting here that we have tonight, but the bell jensen community is saying look, we made the changes, we made them. do you believe it? >> well, it's the first i've heard of it, eastern. you got me on a surprise, but i know director clapper very well. i'm not going to question his word, but it's a little late given all the test
republicans about the expected nomination of united nations ambassador susan rice. for secretary of state. chief intelligence correspondent catherine herridge connects the dots. >> at high risk sites including the benj consulate the internal state department reported 2009 recorded physical barriers like this one to prevent the overrunning of the diplomatic facility. closed hearing before the senate homeland security committee, witnesses testified the changes were never made in benghazi. >> disconcerting to see how easily they broke through the gates and walked in. >> the committee questions the striking similarities between the 1998 al-qaeda bombing of the u.s. embassy in east africa that killed 12 americans and injured 4,000 others. in 1998, susan rice was 33 years old and running the state department abrica section. >> ambassador to kenya sent repeated messages to the state department requesting a stronger p facility because of the increased threat. and those requests, as in the case of benghazi, were turned down by the state department. >> some say rice has baggage beyond the benghazi
republicans who have been critical of u.n. ambassador susan rice. they blasted her for saying it was sparked by an anti-islam film despite evidence that it was a coordinated terror attack. the president says she was just giving her best answer based on the intelligence she had been provided. senator john mccain is even trying to block -- threatening to block rice from becoming secretary of state if the president chooses her to succeed hillary clinton. >>> quickly approaching fiscal cliff is already giving investors on wall street a scare. dow closed down 185 points yesterday, third triple digit loss in a week. nasdaq is down 10% from september. the fear of grid lock on capitol hill is driving the tailspain. president obama says there is room for agreement. >> as i've said before, i'm open to compromise and i'm open to new ideas. and i've been encouraged to hear republican after republican agree on the need for more revenue from the wealthiest americans as part of our a arithmetic if we're serious about reducing the deficit. >> the president did say he would not accept continued tax cuts for
telling them to come back after him, back off, susan rice, didn't do a lot of good. >> reporter: no, in fact, it was the opposite that was resparked as both sides accused the others of using the ben ghazi attack to their own advantage. the republican-controlled house foreign affairs committee accept -- but they answered questions. instead, witnesses consisting of career government facilities officials and conservative thinktank experts offered their assessment of the administration's actions on ben ghazi. the attack killed four americans, including the u.s. ambassador chris stevens. yesterday, president obama intensely defended u.n. ambassador susan rice who was under fire for saying the attack was a protest gone out of control, rather that a terrorist incident. today, democrats and republicans went after each other for trying to politicize ben ghazi. >> what is clear is that this administration, including the president himself, has intentionally misinformed, lied to the american people in the aftermath of the tragedy. >> if you want an honest investigation of this tragedy, we will
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